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To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Date:  9/9/21
Subject: COVID-19 Campus Update - September 9, 2021
 

Dear Campus Community,
 
Good morning. The COVID-19 situation in northern Kentucky has improved slightly over the past few days. A key indicator of what’s around the corner, the Rate of Transmission, has declined, coming down from 1.2, which indicates very fast, exponential spread, to 1.0, which means slower spread of the Delta variant. In addition, we appear to have seen at least a temporary leveling-off of the growth of cases in our region. Those indicators can shift at any time, but it is encouraging that we are seeing some possible signs of a slowdown of the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, I encourage continued vigilance. Please wear your masks and avoid situations where others are not being safe.
 
This week’s COVID-19 update focuses on responses to several topics we have received numerous questions about via the provost@nku.edu or covid19@nku.edu emails.

  • A new, stand-alone COVID-19 testing center providing free PCR tests on campus will open in Landrum Academic Center next week. Beginning Monday, the Landrum testing center will provide walk-in testing to the campus community Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A more complete announcement will follow.
  • The university encourages that everyone who can be vaccinated for COVID-19 should do so. Vaccines are safe, readily available, and free of charge. And, the vaccine is highly effective in preventing serious illness. You can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated by calling or emailing Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness at (859) 572-5650, hcsw@nku.edu. After you are vaccinated, be sure to enter your status online for a chance to win $100. The winners from our second week vaccine incentive drawing are listed on our COVID-19 website, and more information on the contest is available on the vaccination incentive webpage.
  • We do believe that campus cases are being underreported and encourage any member of the campus community who has a positive COVID-19 test, please notify the university. The self-reporting link is available on myNKU.  You can view a message from President Vaidya encouraging people to self-report here. If you have been advised to quarantine, employees, please be sure to advise your supervisor. Students, please contact your professors.
  • HVAC: As recommended by the CDC, NKU heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are running at maximum settings at least two hours before classes begin and continue at that setting into the late evening. This refreshes the air in classrooms prior to the arrival of students, faculty and staff and changes over the air multiple times per hour. In addition, energy conservation measures, such as closing outside air dampers, have been suspended. Thus, according to our facilities team, ventilation has been increased beyond design parameters to ensure enhanced air exchange.

We continue to monitor the situation daily and remain in “red” status. We encourage everyone to wear your masks indoors and consider wearing a mask outdoors as well when you are in close contact with others. Depending on the data we see over the coming week or so, it is possible that we may add further mitigations.
 
In closing this week, let me say again how proud I am of the NKU community’s response to this latest phase of the pandemic. Our students have done a good job of masking up and being careful. Our faculty have continued to show their passion for teaching, masking up and leading classes on campus. Our staff have done everything they can to support our students and keep our campus moving Onward Together. I hope you can all take a moment this coming weekend to give yourselves a pat on the back for the wonderful work you have put in during this first part of this fall semester.Kind regards,

Matt

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